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NEWS: CDKN at COP23, Bonn 6-17 November


CDKN looks forward to meeting you at COP23 in Bonn, Germany from 6-17 November 2017.  We are exhibiting in the Bonn Pavilion and we would love to meet you at our exhibition booth (shared with ODI): number G17.02 in the Bonn Zone.

Analysis from CDKN

We have recently launched a large range of publications to share learning from our experience in climate compatible development and to support new and innovative ways to reach the Paris Agreement’s ambitious temperature goals. We will be talking about:

New financial and technological possibilities for implementing NDCs

New frameworks for effective climate action at local level

Insights from CDKN’s experience: from planning and financing to delivering climate action – and scaling up success


Side events

Please also join us at the following official side events, organised by our alliance partners:

Wednesday 8 November 15:30 – 16:30 Venue: UK Pavilion

Leveraging private sector investment in REDD+ 

Description: Tropical forests are critical for achieving the ambition set out in the Paris Agreement on climate change. However, the transition needed to halve emissions from the forest sector is estimated to cost US$17-33bn per year. “To date, less than $3bn has been deposited in funds for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), leaving a sizable funding gap. Whilst private sector investment in REDD+ is only on a small scale, the opportunity is considerable: it is estimated that the reallocation of just 1% of new and reinvested capital from the private sector investor segments would be enough to meet the conservation financing gap. As the GCF sets up its new $500m pilot programme for REDD+ and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) begins to sign its first contracts for REDD+ results based payments, this panel event looks to reflect on the successes and failures in engaging the private sector to-date and to chart a way forward for leveraging private sector investment in REDD+.

Speakers: Margaret-Ann Splawn (Climate Markets and Investment Association); Roberta Iley (PwC); Mike Korchinsky (Wildlife Works); Yaw Kwayke (Ghana Forestry Commission); Martijn Wilder (Baker & McKenzie).

Contact: Roberta Iley (


Thursday 9 November

11:30-13:00 Venue: Meeting Room 4

How local actions in an urban context contribute to NDCs implementation in Latin America 

Description: The event will present two regional initiatives in Latin America: comparative analysis of NDCs implementation in the agricultural and forestry sectors and preliminary findings of research-action projects focused on climate resilient urban development to show how to scale from urban to national level

Speakers: Marianela Curi (FFLA), David Sabogal (GCP), Belen Desmaison (PUCP), Walter Ubal (IDRC)

Contact: Gabriela Villamarin (


Saturday 11 November 2017

15:45 – 16:45

Venue: Fiji Room

Rebuilding trust in REDD+ to scale up finance 

Description: Finance flows to forest conservation, and specifically Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), need to scale up significantly in order to deliver the ambition stated in the Paris Agreement. However, private sector investors and civil society remain confused by the complexity around different REDD+ frameworks and approaches; concerned about the robustness of its environmental and social outcomes; and unconvinced that developing nations have the capacity to deliver it.  A new paper from PwC sets out a vision for building trust in REDD+ among investors.  Specifically, it explores what we can learn from the financial accounting system, a key tool for maintaining the confidence of investors in mainstream capital markets. The panel will build on the messages from this paper to explore transformative solutions to building trust in REDD+.

Speakers: Sam Bickersteth (CDKN), Margaret-Ann Splawn (CMIA), Christopher Webb (The Nature Conservancy), Christina Elvers (PwC/ Climate Knowledge Development Network), REDD+ country representative and Lisa Walker (Althelia Ecosphere)

Contact: Christina Elvers (


Tuesday 14 November 2017

13:15-14:45 Venue: Meeting Room 9

Scaling up private investment and strengthening sector measures for NDC implementation 

Description: Attracting finance to support of NDC goals is a multidimensional challenge where the public sector plays a key enabling role in unlocking private investment in low-carbon infrastructure and climate-resilient development. This side event will showcase how governments are attracting private investment through design of policies, regulations, and instruments to incentivise and help to channel private investment in low-carbon opportunities: generating revenue and reducing greenhouse gas impacts. The event will also highlight the landscape of sectoral measures that support NDC commitments. Speakers will highlight on-the-ground actions that have already resulted in achievement of NDC goals.

Speakers:  Keynote address by Prof. Judi Wakhungu (Kenya)

Panelists: Nguyen Thi Dieu Trinh (Vietnam), Daniel Romero (National Business Association of Colombia), Ruth Ndegwa (Kenya Climate Innovation Centre). Session moderator Maria Paz Cigarán (Libelula), Thomas Day (NewClimate Institute), Rebecca Carman (UNDP), James Rawlins (ECN), Robert Bradley (NDC Partnership), Steffen Menzel (GIZ SPA) and Ron Benioff (LEDS GP). Session moderator Maria Paz Cigarán (Libelula) and closing statement by Norbert Gorißen (Germany)

Contact: Simbisai Zhanje (

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